Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Vol 23, No 3 (2010)

Online Christian Churches: Three Case Studies

Tim Hutchings
Issued Date: 28 Jan 2011


Online churches are Internet-based Christian communities, pursuing worship, proselytism and other ecclesial activities through digital media. This article is based on three case studies of online churches: i-church, the Anglican Cathedral of Second Life, and Church Online. Seven key themes emerge from these case studies and are used here as a framework for comparative analysis: mass appeal, spiritual experience, community, reliance on the familiar, local church attendance, internal control and external oversight.

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DOI: 10.1558/arsr.v23i3.346


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